Survivors of fatal Hwy. 46 West crash released from hospital

A family of four from Merced involved in the fatal Highway 46 West crash Thursday evening have all been released from the hospital, according to a spokesman for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

The crash occurred at 7:25 p.m. as the Atascadero woman driving a 2015 Nissan Sentra north on Vineyard Drive failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 46, according to the California Highway Patrol. She was then hit by a 1994 Ford Ranger that was traveling 55 mph east on Highway 46.

The driver of the Nissan was killed, according to the CHP. Her name was not released Friday afternoon.

Her passenger, Mariana Zaragoza, 20, of Cambria, was taken to Sierra Vista, where she was treated and released early Friday, officials said.

It was unclear Friday whether either woman wore a seatbelt.

The driver of the Ford, Cesar Saldana, 21, and a passenger, Mystica Oliva, 19, were treated and released from Sierra Vista Friday morning. Their two infant passengers, 1-year-old Cesar Saldana and 2-month-old Yaretzi Saldana, were admitted to Sierra Vista overnight for observation and released Friday. All are from Merced.

None of the occupants in the Ford were properly restrained, according to preliminary CHP reports.

When officers arrived, the babies were already taken out of the truck inside their car seats and it was unclear how they had been secured in the vehicle, Hall said.

The front of the Ranger had a bench seat while the back had two side seats that fold down from the sides of the cab.

The incident is still under investigation.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash, the CHP said.

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